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Archived updates for Monday, January 30, 2006

Sense of the Senate on Patent Law Reform

Thanks to J. Matthew Buchanan at Promote the Progress for pointing out that the PACE Through Education and Research Act, S.2198, includes a "sense of the Senate" section relating to patent reform. In what he calls "nothing more than smoke signals -- they're short on details and calculated to send signals of support," Section 321 of the bill calls for
  • a 20 percent increase in overall funding to hire and train additional examiners and implement more capable electronic processing
  • a first-inventor-to-file system
  • an open review process following the grant of a patent
  • shielding researchers from infringement liability, and
  • reducing barriers to innovation in specific industries with specialized patent needs
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